Don’t Be Fooled By Packaging Terms

Don’t Be Fooled By Packaging Terms

Are you well-educated on the meaning of terms used in pet food labeling? The pet food industry, FDA, and AAFCO have come up with definitions that I think are very misleading for the average pet food consumer. By knowing the meaning of these terms, you will be able to...
Canning Pet Food

Canning Pet Food

This past week, the time I spent at the Kansas State University course on commercial pet food manufacturing was extremely helpful for understanding the processes involved in making complete processed pet foods. I’ve never been a big fan of dry kibble food, for...
Benefits of CoQ10 for Heart Disease

Benefits of CoQ10 for Heart Disease

A recent study evaluating the effects of using CoQ10 for dogs with heart disease revealed information regarding dosing. Clinical benefits for humans with heart failure have been shown in numerous studies, but this was the first study undertaken to evaluate dogs...
The Kids Are Home, But They’re Not Alone

The Kids Are Home, But They’re Not Alone

We’ve all experienced it: that feeling in your gut that tells you leaving your pets home in someone else’s care could be a recipe for disaster. This can be especially problematic when you have a house full of senior animals with a long list of medical issues and...
Failure to Delve Deep Enough    

Failure to Delve Deep Enough    

About a month ago, my husband and I decided to go on a search for a cooked food that we felt was high enough quality to feed our dogs. While we feed a lot of raw food and also cook a lot of food, there are times when it would be nice to just be able to grab a can or...
I’M NOT A CHICKEN DOCTOR

I’M NOT A CHICKEN DOCTOR

The other day when I opened my e-mail, I had a request from a writer to comment on appropriate diets for chickens for an article she was writing. I submit quotes for hundreds of articles every year, so it was no surprise to see this request. What did surprise me was...
Five Genetic Diseases of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Five Genetic Diseases of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Also called “Love Sponges”, these dogs will steal your heart. Unfortunately, their tendency to develop heart and neurologic problems are often enough to scare people off from adopting these adorable, playful, dogs. While there are definitely more than five...
Five Genetic Diseases of Bichons

Five Genetic Diseases of Bichons

Hyperadrenocorticism –  (Cushing’s Disease) While technically not a genetic problem, Bichons are more prone than other breeds to develop this endocrine dysfunction. The problem may stem from a tumor in the pituitary gland or less commonly, an adrenal gland...

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